From episodes.com, the next bunch of episodes (although without air dates):
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97. Rubicon gs: Mercedes McNab (Harmony Kendall)
We experiece a day in the life of Harmony, including her colleagues, her daily routine and her problems with the occupation of being not only a secretary, but a vampire too. Meanwhile, Angel and Gunn attempt to keep the peace between two demon tribes, before they decide to slaughter each other.
pc: 5ADH09 w: Elizabeth Craft & Sarah Fain d: Vern Gillum
98. 5ADH10 gs: Sarah Thompson (Eve)
Angel is having nightmares which focus on Spike taking over Angel's role as Champion.
pc: 5ADH10 d: David Boreanaz
NOTE: This is the first time David Boreanaz (Angel) directs an episode. He was originally scheduled to film 5x07, but he had to switch due to a fight scene between himself and James Marsters in that episode.
A woman named Dana, a mental patient who has been institutionalized from the age of 10 following a traumatic experience, is having violent outbursts and Angel brings in a creepy pyschic to find out what her deal is.
pc: 5ADH11 w: Steve S. DeKnight d: Jefferson Kibbee
100. 5ADH12 gs: Charisma Carpenter (Cordelia Chase) pc: 5ADH12 w: David Fury d: David Fury
Originally posted by Barbwire MikeWe're in season five of Angel, and in season one he appeared in TOTAL heel mode (along with the baby-eating Marcus) trying to slaughter Angel. So it's somewhere between four to five years anyway.
Yes, but you said Spike has been "slowly turning face for the last four years." I argued that they turned him face when shortly after putting the chip in his head (although prior to that he had always been the cool heel that you loved to cheer for even though he was evil), which was shortly after his original guest appearance on Angel that you cited. If you want to discount Spike's face turn on Buffy and count only what he does on Angel, you still can't claim they slowly turned him face, because outside of the occasional flashback (I think once in season 2, IIRC), he never shows up (and I would wager is rarely, if ever, referenced) until they get the amulet in the mail. You can't 'slowly turn someone face' if he's not around.
As for Andrew and whatnot: eh. I can't say I didn't care for the character, but he falls into the group of characters they spent too much time developing in the last season (and for seemingly no real reason; he didn't play any special role in the finale other than to recount Anya's death to Xander) when they c/should have done more with the core group. I'm sure he'll be good for a laugh, but I certainly won't be pining away for him while he's not on my tv screen.
By "slowly turning face" I meant that it wasn't something that immediately happened once the chip was put into his head. For the next two seasons he was on the fence enough where it could've gone back at any moment... at least until he got into Buffy's pants. After all, even after escaping the lab he was still with Harmony and the Big Bad mentality lingered for awhile (remember him trying to force the doctor to remove it?) You're right about the timeline, our only disagreement is with sematics.
PLEASE bring back Andrew. Best thing about Buffy last season. My God, he even got off a Trodgor reference in the final episode.
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I would side with the paranoid camp on this (and most issues), but at the same time, I'm paranoid enough to think that whatever system I am using has enough holes and flaws in it that security is a joke.